High-tech F-22 Raptor and top female aerobatic pilot headline 2014 National Championship Air Races entertainment lineup

High-tech F-22 Raptor and top female aerobatic pilot headline 2014 National Championship Air Races entertainment lineup

On the heels of a record-setting Pylon Racing Seminar, the National Championship Air Races have released its full entertainment lineup for the 51st event to be held Sept. 10-14 at the Reno Stead Airfield. In addition to an expected full field of elite race pilots in the world’s fastest motorsport, military demonstration teams and several of the world’s top aviation performers will ‘race on’ to awe hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts and curious spectators. This year, in addition to the already announced F-22 Raptor, L-39 Patriot Jet Team and top female aerobat Melissa Pemberton, will be Breitling stunt pilot and world aerobatic champion David Martin, Mark Peterson and his Alpha Jet, the famed John Klatt Airshows team featuring the Jack Link’s Jet Waco “Screamin’ Sasquatch,” the poignant Heritage Flight, a UAV drone demonstration (pending FAA approval) and the Bentley Car demonstration and race. This year’s event will also mark the return of the wildly-popular car drop, where a car is actually dropped from a helicopter flying high above the race course. 

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  1. I am super excited to be able to be down there from Seattle this year! I just happened to be coming down for another purpose and was surprised that it is at the same time as the races! Win win for me! This is an event I have wanted to attend all my life! Bucket list item, check! See y’all there!

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  2. We just moved to the area and plan to attend the event but I cant find a race (event) schedule any where on your website. Is there an event schedule that lists each days event such as when each class races and what special event that day (i.e what day/time does the Raptor demo take place, etc)

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend the entire event so I would like to see a schedule of events so I know what day I would enjoy the most by what special events are going on along with the races

    thanx!!!

    Tom

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  3. You will deff. NOT be disappointed! :))

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  4. It’s been quite a few years since I have been back for the races, I’m there this year! Really excited to experience this once again. See you at the races!!!

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    • I was teaching at AG Aviation academy in 1966 flying with Duane Cole at a little airport east of Reno and watching Smirnoff race with my one year old son and wife. I have only been able to go back three times since then, once when my son turned 21 and enjoyed it much more. I stayed in general aviation most of my life and only hope there are airplanes in the next go around.
      I wonder why there isn’t live coverage by some network or cable company. There are tens of thousands of pilots like me that would be really grateful. I have cancer and don’t know if I can make it there next year but would love to see it once more live even if on TV. Thank you to all that have brought, the most incredible racing ever created, for all these years. God bless and never stop bringing such joy and excitement. Very sincerely, John Hunt

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  5. I worked on some time off with my Boss. Because nothing stops me from the Reno Air Races. I have going there every year since 1984. AIR RACING RULES!!!

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  6. i just hope there are more planes then last years disappointment… US Government needs to send f-16s,f-18,f-15 ect… at least waste money on events people wanna see instead of a new crapper on a space shuttle

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